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Bachmann Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -  Class 57

Author "Suchahampal" (forum member)

Recommended - This model is Recommended to purchase. Recommended models should be fully featured and have only a few minor mechanical or detailed limitations. For a railway model to be rated as "Recommended" a model must score 8 or more.

Bachmann Class 57 - Virgin “Scott Tracy” 57301  (32-751) Rating 9/10 


This model arrived in the market shortly after Heljan’s model. Well the question is:
‘Is it better then than Heljan’s model?’ The answer is a certain YES!

Bachmann Model Railway Class 57 Review - Virgin “Scott Tracy” 57301
(Picture Taken From Hattons)

First of all, the body width is more accurate than Heljan’s class 57 which is to fat. (By a scale foot I think.) It also has the ‘Thunderbird’ nameplates unlike Heljan’s model which Model Rail described as ‘naked.’ It has bright LED lights (unlike the Heljans filament lights which are not very bright) with a day or night setting switch at the bottom. Saying this the the lights on the Bachmann model are incorrect and where as Heljan's model is correct.

The interior is also good, and one of the cabs has a small figure sitting in it. However, the cabs floor is only just below the wind screen, which lets the model down slightly.

The bogies are more like the real thing, when compared to Heljan’s class 57.

The motor (3-pole) is as usual smooth, quiet and good at slow running. Bachmann scores high in this area. It runs well on both code 100 and code 75 rather well, and doesn't slip on points even without traction tyres. The motor drive all six axles.

The price is another good thing. It is lower than Heljan’s RRP. I think Bachmann’s model is a clear winner for me.

At a Glance

Good Points

  • Performance,

  • DCC ready,

  • Nameplates,

  • LED lights,

  • Price.

Bad Points

  • Incorrect lighting arrangement

  • Cab floor

Overall Recommendation

Overall mark: 9/10

Highly Recommended.

Review By Suchahampal

Dr5euss (Forum Member) pointed out: "The Thunderbird name limits the layouts on which it can be used."

Manicmadman (Forum Member) explained: The reason being that it has a limited time frame, is because it has no 'Dellner' coupling.




Model Photos:

Class 57 Pictures:  Visit Railway Pictures for more


class 57307 47813 class 57 ''kyrano'' 57313 Tracy Island


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